The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is a statutory corporation responsible for the regulation of higher education in the country. NCHE was established by the NCHE Act, No. 15 of 2011, with, among others, the following mandates:

a) To promote and coordinate higher education institutions;

b) To register and de-register higher education institutions;

c) To harmonize selection of students to all public universities;

d) To regulate, determine and maintain standards of teaching, examinations, academic qualifications and academic facilities;e) To develop a national qualification framework which is compatible with regional and international standards;

f) To determine minimum criteria and procedures for registration and de-registration of higher education institutions

g) To accredit both public and private higher education institutions; and

h) To design and recommend to the Minister institutional quality assurance standards for the establishment, standardization and accreditation of higher education institutions including standards of teaching and learning; infrastructure, physical plant and equipment; the development of curricula; libraries and learning resource centres; safety of teaching and learning facilities, and student transfer between programmes and higher education institutions.

The Council is inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced Malawian professionals to be considered for the following posts:

Job Title: Director of Planning, Research and Development

Grade: NC 2

Department: Planning, Research and Development

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for: Chief Planning, Research and Development Officer

Purpose of the job: To provide planning, research and development services


  • Coordinating the development and review of NCHE’s strategic plans, budgets, annual work-plans and performance contract;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of NCHE’s strategic plans, budgets, annual work-plans and performance contract;
  • Facilitating the development and implementation of the research ethics section in the higher education
  • Providing leadership in promoting national and international institutional partnerships with relevant research institutions, government and stakeholders;
  • Coordinating the monitoring and evaluation of the status of the higher education and production of regular reports on the impact on national development goals;
  • Forecasting the long-term higher education sector priority areas aligned to the national and sustainable development goals to guide resource allocation;
  • Providing strategic leadership and direction on planning, policy and resource mobilization to the Council;
  • Spearheading preparation and review of proposals for resource mobilization and financial reports on funding;
  • Facilitating the reviews, publication and dissemination of research findings to key stakeholders;
  • Facilitating the development, implementation and mainstreaming of higher education sub-sector relevant
  • Creating a conducive research environment in which research is conducted without compromising the integrity and operation of respective research projects;
  • Fostering linkages with potential development partners and collaborators for purposes of mobilizing resources for the Council and the higher education sub-sector; policy issues
  • Initiating and maintaining linkages with bilateral multilateral institutions and other partners for benchmarking and institutionalizing research best practices in the higher education sub-sector; and
  • Coordinating the development and implementation of higher education management information system (HEMIS) to monitor higher education in the country.


Minimum academic and professional qualifications and experience:

  • A doctorate Degree in Economics/ Planning/Statistics/Education Planning or related fields from an accredited institution with at least four (4) years experience in Senior Academic leadership and management position(s) in higher education sub-sector;
  • Or with a Master’s Degree in Economics/ Planning/Statistics/Education Planning or related fields from an accredited institution with at least fve (5) years experience in research, planning and development;
  • Proven track records in research, development and management; and
  • Evidence of published articles in referred journals or books for higher education.

Functional skills (behavioural competencies and attributes):

  • Research management
  • Planning and policy development
  • Project management
  • Resource mobilization
  • Proficiency in Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) and other relevant statistical package
  • Data management and statistical analysis
  • Strong proposal and report writing skills
  • Excellent leadership and management skillIs
  • Problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


The successful candidate will hold office for a period of three (3) years on a negotiable performance-related contract. The candidate shall be offered an attractive salary and benefits commensurate with seniority of the position and qualifications.


Qualifying applicants should submit their applications which

should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae giving names

and contact details of three traceable referees and copies of their relevant qualifications to the following address by Monday, 23rd August, 2021:

VAC: NCHE Director FA or Director RPD

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations

P.O. Box 30061

Lilongwe 3, MALAWI.

Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged and invited for interviews.